There’s been a surge in sophomore commitments the last few weeks, and we expect a few noteworthy ones to come in the weeks and months ahead.

If you were with us earlier today on Twitter or checked out our “Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown,” we told you about the latest.

Patrick McCormick, a versatile lefty attackman from Hicksville High School, announced his intentions to accept a scholarship offer from North Carolina after also considering Maryland, Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins.

Though he has three varsity seasons to go, the 15-year-old McCormick has already completed two. He registered 19 goals and 14 assists this past spring as a freshman after compiling 10 goals and eight assists in 2010 when he made his varsity debut as an eighth-grader.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound McCormick, a quarterback on offense with good field vision, saw his stock rise after performing well at several major summer events. He drew the No. 11 ranking on Inside Lacrosse’s Top 20 Young Gun Sophomore Watchlist, which was released in mid-October.

Now, here’s a Q&A with Patrick on his commitment:

What were the main factors in your decision?
It’s been a dream of mine to play for Carolina ever since I was a little kid.

You have the opportunity to play for a high level Division I team while obtaining one of the best educations in the country.

The facilities on campus are awesome, my brother’s best friend, Bobby McAuley, played at North Carolina and was a captain and told me about how he had a great experience in Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill itself is beautiful, and (Head) Coach (Joe) Breschi, (Assistant) Coach (Pat) Myers, (Assistant)  Coach (Chris) Feifs, (Assistant) Coach (Brian) Holman and (Assistant) Coach (Stephen) Toomy seemed very excited to have me on campus and to show me around.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was also considering Maryland, Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins. As well as going on a visit to North Carolina , I visited Maryland and Johns Hopkins.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I see the field very well, am a good dodger, very unselfish, and can play with both hands.

What areas of your game do you think you need to improve on?
I think every aspect of my game needs work, but I’d like to make my weak hand stronger and to become a better finisher.

When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
When I was brought up to the varsity in eighth grade and started.

What were some of the big summer showcase events you’ve competed in the last couple of years and how did you do at them?
Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip Rising Sophomores, Top 205, I represented Nassau County in the Long Island Showcase, and I participated in summer events with my club team, the Long Island Express.

In these events I contributed positively by feeding, scoring or riding hard, while playing against some of the best talent in the country.

For more info on Patrick, check out his player profile by clicking here.

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